Nephrologists are physicians who completed advanced medical training for kidney diseases, hypertension, dialysis and kidney transplant management. Kidney diseases cared for by a Nephrologist include glomerulonephritis (kidney inflammation), kidney failure, and electrolyte abnormalities.
Nanticoke’s nephrologists provide the following services:
CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE
Your kidneys filter excess fluids and waste from your blood. This waste leaves the body through your urine. Chronic kidney disease or kidney failure is the gradual loss of kidney function. When kidney disease is advanced, dangerously high levels of fluid, electrolytes and wastes build up in your body. Managing chronic kidney disease focuses on slowing the progression of kidney damage including controlling underlying causes. Kidney disease can progress to end-stage kidney failure, which can be fatal, but may be treated with dialysis or kidney transplantation.
Learn more from Dr. Janet Pedro, nephrologist with the Nanticoke Physician Network:
Kidney dialysis uses a special machine that filters excess fluid, salt and harmful waste from your blood, restoring blood to a healthy balance. Dialysis is used when the kidney is unable to perform this important function on its own. Dialysis is a life-support treatment for patients with chronic kidney disease or renal failure.
Types of dialysis include hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Both are used to treat kidney failure. Hemodialysis uses a man-made membrane to filter the blood. Peritoneal dialysis uses the lining of the abdominal cavity (peritoneal membrane) and a solution (dialysate) to filter waste.
Learn how to prevent or slow down chronic kidney disease with Dr. Janet Pedro,
nephrologist with the Nanticoke Physician Network: